GET OUT and GO: ITS OUR TIME OF YEAR

December 19, 2018

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You are reading this either as a fortunate resident, a valued visitor or someone yearning to make the move.

 

In any event, this is one of the times that our place truly shines. December, January, February and March usually offer many blue-sky, beautiful days with mild temperatures in the 60’s to 70’s – perfect for getting out-and-about to enjoy the unique features of our region.

 

Even though we are ocean-bound to the east, there are still numerous north, south and west opportunities to explore, visit and experience – either as day-trips or for overnight weekends. Additionally, there are many nationally and internationally renowned events to attend – from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, to the Daytona 500 and The Players Championship.

 

My favorite place to share with visiting family and friends is the Georgia Coast. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Jekyll Island State Park’s Millionaire’s Village, St. Simons Island and of course, Historic Savannah are all fabulous destinations. If you want to experience the Coast in a unique and somewhat rustic fashion, try staying at Little St. Simons Island or in the Geechee/Gullah Hog Hammock community on Sapelo Island.

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Rain, rain, go away?

September 12, 2018

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If you have been here over the past 15 months or so, you just experienced what can be considered a 100-Year Event. You may not have known it, but you certainly witnessed it.

 

For the first time in the past 93 years of official record keeping, our region has absorbed over 3 additional feet of rainfall, over and above any other measure in the same time period. The overall measurement for the 15 month period exceeds 8 ½ feet.

 

In August of this year, places in Pennsylvania that received 4 inches of rain in a very short timeframe were catastrophically flooded. In our area, we can get 4 inches of rain in a single afternoon burst and our streets can be dry a few hours later.

 

Thankfully, one of the most stringent State regulations is governed by the 5 State Water Management Districts. Northeast Florida is regulated by the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).

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Davidson partners with Habitat for Humanity on new St. Augustine neighborhood

August 28, 2018

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We are pleased to announce Davidson’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine / St. Johns County on the housing nonprofit’s newest West St. Augustine neighborhood called Canopy Oaks.

 

The neighborhood is being developed on the former Dancy Tract off of Broach Street, between Volusia Street and St. Johns Street in the West Augustine Economic Development and Community Redevelopment Area, a few blocks north of W. King Street.

 

Davidson signed on in February 2015 to provide site planning, site design and project programming on a pro-bono basis. We worked in close concert to represent the project before the County Commission and the County’s Development Review Committee. Our development team incorporated the civil engineering efforts of Matthews Design and together, secured the necessary preliminary zoning and site plan approvals.

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HAVING A HEAT WAVE

July 17, 2018

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Summer is sizzling – both weather-wise and development-wise. Things are heating-up, and we all know that not everyone takes it with the same resolve or with the same long-term outlook that things are destined to change, usually for the better.

 

The pace and character of new development is a case in point.

 

A common reaction is to take the not-in-my-backyard approach to news about coming development – when one could easily and most assuredly consider the news to be about “coming attractions”, i.e., positives that strengthen the values of our area and neighborhoods.

 

There are numerous, new neighborhoods in the works – from south Duval County to south St. Augustine. Many are already under development with their initial phases. Others are in rapid roll-out or on the cusp of ground-breaking.

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ASHLEY WOOD: BELT STAR

April 20, 2011

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Ashley WoodThe Davidson Companies are blessed with a diversity of professional talent and engaging personalities, none more so than Ms. Ashley Wood. At a power-packed, diminutive 5’1”, Ms. Wood has achieved a level of athletic prowess, well beyond her easy-going, outward countenance. Ashley takes on all challenges, whether to exceed the needs and expectations of her discerning clients or to reign over all of her taekwondo competitors. Yes, you heard right – Ms. Wood is an accomplished taekwondo martial-arts specialist – having just achieved her Red Belt/Black Stripe status.

ashleyRemarkably, Ashley only began the sport just two and a half short-years ago, based on a few, brief training sessions as a young teenager.  She rapidly achieved various levels of success, launching her to the threshold of the ultimate achievement – the next step, her Black Belt. Ashley knows the value of pairing with a life-mentor and she attributes her rise in the sport to one, very special coach – Ms. Shari Torregrosa, a 3rd Degree Black Belt National Champion who will attain her Master’s Black Belt this year. Through a teaching-learning partnership with Ms. Torregrosa at the North Florida Martial Arts “dojang”, Ashley sped through the rankings, earning her White Belt, Yellow Belt, Orange Belt, Orange Belt/Green Stripe, Green Belt, Green Belt/Blue Stripe, Blue Belt, Blue Belt/Red Stripe, Red Belt and now her Red Belt/Black Stripe. Along the way, her quest has resulted in many local, regional, state and national trophies, including the prestigious Amateur Athletic Union of the USA, Inc., (AAU) Sparring and Forms Gold Medals in 2009 and 2010. This year, Ms. Wood is ranked to compete in the 2011 AAU Florida State Championship in Orlando on April 30th and the 2011 AAU National Championship in Austin, Texas, June 27th thru July 2nd. Without a doubt, Ashley Wood has tapped her passion to compete and to excel, enabling her to become a recognized force in the sport. Read more

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